The United States has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and the unconditional release of hostages in Gaza. The offer was taken on Friday evening US local time.
Israel started the war against Hamas in Gaza from October 7. According to the Ministry of Health of the Palestinian Territory, 17 thousand 487 Palestinians have died so far in this war. Most of the dead were women and children.
The United Arab Emirates, a non-permanent member of the Security Council, introduced the resolution. The proposal was co-sponsored by at least 97 countries.
Thirteen of the 15-member UN Security Council voted in favor of the ceasefire resolution. The United Kingdom abstained from voting. Ultimately, the US vetoed the proposal. A resolution cannot be passed if the five permanent members of the Security Council vote against the veto.
“It’s not balanced,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Robert Wood said of the ceasefire proposal. It did not reflect the reality.’
Meanwhile, Russia strongly criticized the US veto. Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyansky, has complained that there has been a massive destruction and humanitarian disaster in Gaza due to this.
Earlier, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter to propose a ceasefire in the Security Council.
Under Article 99, the UN Secretary-General may bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which he considers to be a threat to the maintenance of international peace and security.